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Re: sup
« Reply #15 on: October 14, 2019, 07:46:49 AM »
Very interesting insight into what the brine is used for. I had no idea. And I don't recall Icarus saying he was  professional road racer either, but that's quite possibly my memory not doing its job right any more.
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Re: sup
« Reply #16 on: October 14, 2019, 10:45:52 AM »
racing professionally at any level is notches above what i do. my operation is mostly comparable to taking a pile of hundred dollar bills and setting it on fire.

there's another use for produced water and thats spraying it on the highways in the winter to melt ice. i dont know how common that is anymore.

for me, being super clean is a job requirement. any spill more than a fluid ounce--28 mls-- officially requirez reportz and paperwork. bigger spills can cost me my job. my truck has a camera on the back to watch what i do.

ive lived in and out of the oil fields all my life, and its vastly cleaner and zafer than it used to be.
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Re: sup
« Reply #17 on: October 14, 2019, 03:37:39 PM »
Welcome to the board. I've spent some time around tuners, dirt drags, and hot trucks. Even done a bit of diagnostic work when things break and my meager equipment speeds up the job. But, I'm not a racer. Know a few from Langley. If you want to see hundred dollar bills go up in smoke hang around some circle track guys. It's really fun when it turns into a demolition derby.
 

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« Reply #18 on: October 15, 2019, 01:05:34 AM »
BR that's a cool scoot.  When I was in college I had a family that needed sustenance.  I was a Triumph dealer and a student at the same time.  I also sold NSU and BMWs and of course did a lot of mechanical work.  Needless to say that my motorcycle exploits interfered with my grade point average. 

I was going to be an aeronautical engineer but I had some problems with the department head professor.  He was a retired Naval hot shot pilot who firmly believed that any research or development that did not concern at least transonic velocities were a waste of resources.  I, on the other hand, wanted to use the wind tunnel to work on aerodynamic stuff to make motorcycles capable of higher speeds. I was also dead serious about working out some aero features for big ass long haul trucks so that the engines did not work so hard and the result would amount to significant fuel savings. That did not fly well with my Prof.  After a little while I said Fuck it and transferred my attention to mechanical engineering.

My racing career had come to an end because I had a wife and two children who needed a live father.  Truth to tell I was a smart rider. Too smart in fact.  During a race I would fall into a thinking category that assessed risk from the behavior and/or decisions of other riders. That sort of thought process does not make a frequent winner.  I was a front runner but an infrequent podium guy. At the time my ride of choice was an AJS 500 single that had some factory backing. A few years later I built several race bikes for other nut case riders.  I was also a nut case because all that stuff was the focus of much of my attention. 

I had a reasonably successful career as a design engineer that focused mainly on The prestressed concrete industry.  That was a helluva departure from my Bike racing passion.  Concrete structures such the Illinois state prison, the LBJ library, the Pan Am building or the Lake Maracaibo bridge, or the Chesapeake bay bridge do not go very fast.

My bosses at the manufacturing steel fabrication firm that I worked for were tyrants who failed to appreciate a guy who several times saved them a lot of grief and made them a lot of money..  Once again I  said Fuck it and decided to go another direction.  Whooda thunk it? I started a small time sewing business that catered to the boating crowd.  That worked out well and I had grown to a sizable employer who was making a a fair amount of money.  That worked well until the early nineteen eighties when the Taiwan and Hong Kong factions began to eat my lunch. .....so much for the sewing business....never garments but mostly canvas and leather or vinyl goods.

I sold my factory, the equipment and everything that had anything to do with the sewing industry.  I am now 54 years old and have no job or immediate prospect for the future.      But there was screen printing in the horizon.  Not tee shirts but printed circuit boards and that sort of thing. .....I had not forgotten motorcycles and I had some time to mess with them. Not as a rider but as a builder and tuner.
I started a small manufacturing business that catered to the screen printing industry.  In the end I had a small manufacturing business the made  precision measuring instruments that were essential to the trade.

Wouldn't you know it I was still a motorcycle guy.  Cut to the chase here,  I built many race engines and had a state of the art flow bench and cylinder head equipment  that eventually gained some attention.  Somehow I got involved with the three quarter midget race car guys who used bike engines for their race cars. After that there was circle track engine work. Alll the while I was making measuring tools in my little factory.

Some guy with more money than me came along about four years ago. He wanted to buy my manufacturing business.  I gave him a foolishly modest price, he said OK and that was the end of my career. Another guy wanted to buy my flow benches and head tooling stuff. OK he did buy it....cheaply I might add.  What the hell I am 89 years old, I still like bikes, and have no place to go.  It is a little bit late to start a new business...or resume racing bikes..... so I sleep til noon and write a whole damned mini biography on HAF.

Meanwhile I entertain myself and a few others by designing small go fast sail boats and building some of them in my garage. Yes , I do have some credentials for that pursuit. ............whew!  Now you know about my convoluted careers. I advise all my readers to avoid taking your eye off the ball as I have done so frequently. 








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Re: sup
« Reply #19 on: October 15, 2019, 01:48:15 AM »
Welcome to the board. I've spent some time around tuners, dirt drags, and hot trucks. Even done a bit of diagnostic work when things break and my meager equipment speeds up the job. But, I'm not a racer. Know a few from Langley. If you want to see hundred dollar bills go up in smoke hang around some circle track guys. It's really fun when it turns into a demolition derby.

around here the hot thing is 800 horsepower mud trucks, some in bogs and some in drags. i have a pet machinist i get to do honing and lathe work for me, and he always has a selection of oddities in progress. trucks, boats, antique tractors, motorcycles, it never stops.

for me the tuning is the fascinating part, although getting to ride the result is a reward all by itself.
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« Reply #20 on: October 15, 2019, 02:48:39 AM »
Meanwhile I entertain myself and a few others by designing small go fast sail boats and building some of them in my garage. Yes , I do have some credentials for that pursuit. ............whew!  Now you know about my convoluted careers. I advise all my readers to avoid taking your eye off the ball as I have done so frequently.

shoot. i dunno about setting the motorcyles aside. this is a picture of rosie on his 1971 supecharged triumph. he was 84 when i took this picture, and i think he's 86 or 87 now. i've never seen this machine go faster than 155 or so, though, because he's always breaking it.



and to be honest, i dunno about taking your eye off the ball. the people who focus on being responsible, and consistent, and following through to the bitter end on their first choices seem to me to have ended up with somewhat narrower lives.  deep, but not broad, so to speak.

i come from oklahoma, where my grandfather drove a wagon into indian territory when he was ten years old and married a chickasaw. my other grandfather comes out of the cherokees by some convoluted path. oil was big in oklahoma, and so i went with the family on the grand tour of the oil fields of the world as i was growing up. my first job at the age of sixteen was as a roustabout on a drill ship off the coast of borneo. sine then i've worked in academics in evolutionary ecology and crustacean paleontology, petroleum geology, and computer and automotive tech writing. spent ten years as a commercial beekeeper, worked as a cowboy, retail sales clerk, long haul truck driver, and now back in the oil fields driving rock buckets, water bottles, sand boxes, transports, and tankers.

i've been more or less rich, more or less poor, lived in high-zoot houses and live in a different one today with no indoor toilet.  i'm spending all my money puting the five kids through school, and what's left goes into the racing.

so i have great empathy with broad, rich lives that don't seem to accumulate much in the way of security but make up for it with a wealth of living.

and lots of empathy for the AJS/matchless, i remember the older thumpers from when i was a kid, seeing them parked outside the opium dens in kuala lumpur. if i had a time machine i'd go back and fill up a few shipping containers with them.
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